Supreme Court declines involvement in Ohio early voting caseWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite litigation coming from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, Ohioans can vote on the three days before the Nov. 6 election.
The U.S. Supreme Court did not overturn a federal ruling that allows early voting on Nov. 3-5.
In Obama v. Husted, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated early voting for everyone, not just military personnel, on the three days before the election and said local boards cannot be stopped from staying open during those last three days. On Oct. 9, Secretary of State Jon Husted said he would take the decision to the Supreme Court. On Oct. 16, the court decided not to overturn the 6th circuit’s ruling.
President Barack Obama’s general counsel Bob Bauer issued a statement via Obama for America:
“We are pleased that the US Supreme Court declined to overturn federal court rulings that every Ohioan be allowed to vote during the weekend and Monday before the election. This action from the highest court in the land marks the end of the road in our fight to ensure open voting this year for all Ohioans, including military, veterans, and overseas voters.”
Early voting has been a central theme in the Obama for America campaign.
Husted had said that if the Supreme Court did not overturn the ruling, he would talk to all 88 county boards before setting uniform hours for those three days.
The secretary of state’s office had not issued a statement at press time, but did release a directive with new hours for the three days before Nov. 6. On those days, in-person voting will be available 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 4 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5.
Before the Supreme Court decision, Husted made a statement about the 6th circuit ruling:
“This ruling not only doesn’t make legal sense, it doesn’t make practical sense. The court is saying that all voters must be treated the same way under Ohio law, but also grants Ohio’s 88 elections boards the authority to establish 88 different sets of rules. That means that one county may close down voting for the final weekend while a neighboring county may remain open.”
Fifteen other states joined Husted in support of his case. These states are: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Early voting began Oct. 2. For voting times and locations, visit co.lucas.oh.us/index.aspx?NID=74.